Jansons wins Grammy for Shostakovich record

A recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 13,” with Latvia-born conductor Mariss Jansons leading the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, has won a Grammy award for best orchestral performance.

The recording, released in August on the EMI Classics label, was one of five albums nominated in the category. Results of the Grammy awards were announced during a Feb. 8 ceremony in Los Angeles and posted on the Grammy Web site.

The award goes to the conductor and the orchestra.

The album also was nominated for best classical recording, but did not win.

An opera recording, Vivaldi: Bajazet, that includes Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča was nominated for best opera recording, but also did not win. The recording was released in May on the Virgin Classics and EMI Classics label.

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 13

A recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 13″ has earned a Grammy award for Latvia-born conductor Mariss Jansons.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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